Buckeyes Drop Series Finale to No. 7/6 Michigan
Teams end weekend with series split
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team lost to No. 7/6 Michigan, 6-0, Saturday in Value City Arena to close the regular season series between the teams. After a scoreless first that saw just seven total shots on goal, the Wolverines scored at 1:09 of the second and carried the lead the rest of the way, leading 4-0 after 40 minutes and adding two goals in the third.
The Buckeyes (6-15-1, 6-14-0-0-1-0 B1G) and Wolverines (12-8-0, 10-8-0-1-0-0 B1G) end the weekend with a series split after a 3-2 Ohio State win Friday.
Ohio State will return to action with two games at Wisconsin next weekend. The teams will meet at 8 p.m. ET Friday and at 5 p.m. ET Saturday in Madison. Fox Sports Wisconsin will show both games, with the Friday broadcast carried on SportsTime Ohio. They will also be streamed on BTN Plus. Ohio State Radio will also cover the contests.
Quoting Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik
“The five minute major was a big factor. The first period we might not have had a ton of shots, but we limited them. We played exactly how we needed to. All of a sudden, they get one on the five minute major and then get the third [goal] and it started to get away from us.”
Ohio State vs. Michigan
In the First … Each team had two power plays in the period but neither could find the back of the net. Shots were 5-2 in favor of the Wolverines.
In the Second … Michigan’s Brendan Brisson opened the scoring at 1:09. At 4:06 a Buckeye was assessed a major for contact to the head after video review. Ohio State killed more than three minutes of the major before Dakota Raabe tallied at 7:48. The Wolverines scored twice in two minutes – at 12:11 and 14:11 – for a 4-0 lead heading into the third. Michigan outshot the Buckeyes 22-5 in the stanza.
In the Third … The Wolverines added goals at 12:22 and 13:41 to extend the lead to 6-0. Michigan put 18 shots on net and Strauss Mann stopped all 11 Buckeye attempts to close out the shutout. Ohio State was 2-for-2 on the penalty kill in the period.
Shots … The Buckeyes were outshot, 45-18, in the game. Tommy Nappier started and had 23 saves on 27 shots. Ryan Snowden played the third period and allowed two goals on 18 shots.
The Buckeyes blocked 17 Michigan shot attempts – Collin Peters, Layton Ahac, Eugene Fadyeyev, Jaedon Leslie and Grant Gabriele each had two blocks.
Special Teams … Michigan was 1-for-6 on the power play and held Ohio State scoreless on three chances.